Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Director: Ayan Mukherji
7 years ago, when this movie was released, to me it came across as a slightly overrated piece of commercial Bollywood cinema with equal amounts of bling and talent, but somewhere the talent is not used enough as much as the bling. But it was quite fun revisiting the film after so many years. It’s a love story that’s presented as a story about friendship. The camaraderie between the main characters (Bunny, Naina, Aditi, and Avi) is the winning point of the film. Bunny’s dreams and aspirations are valid, what’s not convincing enough is the execution. The reason for this is that not enough time was invested in how Bunny changes his mind about almost everything his character had been screaming about in the past two-and-a-half hours. Major life-altering transformations happened quite easily towards the end of the film.
The characters are really quite interesting, be it Bunny, Naina, Aditi, or Avi. But the hasty treatment of how the characters get closure kind of ruins the experience the film was building towards. But what I absolutely love about this film, are the smaller, beautifully-written, well thought-out moments. There are quite a few moments like that, like Deepika’s “jitna bhi try karo, life mein kuch na kuch toh chhutega hi”, the scene where Kalki describes how she was in love with Avi but the man she’s marrying is the right man for her”, the scene about the merits of living in India versus going around the world where the pair comes to a conclusion how neither of them is wrong, just slightly different from each other. The scenes involving Farooq Sheikh are also some of the best bits from the film. Along with the hasty ending, what felt unfair was the closure given to the character of Aditya Roy Kapoor. If the film managed to give proper closure and satisfaction about a character, it was Aditi.